Improving Access and Affordability of Workforce Training with Short-Term Pell

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November 12, 2020

In today’s economy, more than 80 percent of jobs require some form of education or training beyond the high school level. In light of this, community colleges often work with local businesses to ensure students can access a wide range of in-demand credentials—including shorter-term certificates and licenses. Notably, the current pandemic has increased interest in these programs. In a recent Strada survey, 62 percent of American adults reported they prefer non-degree or skills-based training when pursuing further education during the pandemic.

Under current law, however, students only qualify for Pell grants if they enroll in a course that is at least 600 clock hours over 15 weeks of instruction, leaving many students pursuing short-term programs without access to valuable financial aid. Join us for a lively discussion about the role short-term programs play in the lives of students and workers, why community college leaders are working to expand these programs and where federal policymakers stand on extending Pell grants to a wider range of postsecondary programs.

Presenters include:

  • Katie Brown, Director of Government Relations, Association of Community College Trustees
  • Steve Jurch, Assistant Dean of Health and Business Services at the Community College of Baltimore County
  • José Miranda, Senior Government Relations Associate, Association of Community College Trustees
  • Julie Peller, Executive Director of Higher Learning Advocates
  • Quintin Taylor, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Louisiana Community and Technical College System 

This video is a webinar produced by the Association of Community College Trustees, presented live on November 12, 2020.